This week’s One Class At A Time recipient is Bryant Elementary School librarian Joice Franzen.
Franzen is working to foster literacy with her students and help them be more engaged in stories with modern technology.
Kimberly Benjamin and Kim Kellogg of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to Franzen with a $250 check.
The money from the grant will be used purchase Lunii, an audio storytelling device.
The device allows students to mix and match characters and settings before the device plays the story.
Franzen believes the device will help her young readers better understand characters, setting and story structure.
“Some of our struggling readers might not be aware of all the different parts or some of the kids might lose interest when their teacher is droning on about it. But when they get to make those choices and options, they will be more included and hands-on,” said Franzen.
Franzen added the grant is amazing because it lets her get the new device pretty much immediately for her students.
For more than a decade, First Interstate Bank and MTN have partnered for the One Class at a Time grant.
The mission of the grant is to foster educational opportunities for local teachers and students.
A panel of retired teachers and school officials select the grant recipients from a pool of submitted applications.
For more information about One Class at a Time, including how to apply, visit here.
-Reported by John Riley/MTN News